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Clothed in Glory

It’s interesting to me that all of the creatures God made had coverings… except man. Animals had fur, birds had feathers and fish had scales or shells. But man did not have any outer covering, as he didn’t need it before the fall. Why? Because God clothed man in His Glory.

“You made him (man) a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him (or clothed him) with glory and honor.” (Ps 8:5)

God’s Original Intent:

The atmosphere of the Garden of Eden was permeated with the same splendor as heaven. There was no sin in the beginning and man walked with God everyday in a peace filled relationship in the “cool of the day”. This means they walked together in a spiritual dimension where they shared a oneness that was maintained by God’s Glory (a covering) and God’s Honor (atmosphere).

The Garden of Eden was Heaven on Earth:

The original Hebrew word for “crowned” means “to encircle”, “to surround’. In other words, Adam and his wife were surrounded by God’s Glory and Honor. They had been clothed with the Glory of God and didn’t need natural clothing and they were living in an atmosphere of perfect relationship and did not need natural knowledge. God was giving man a wonderful environment to rule, where God would truly be their provision and protection if this stewardship could be maintained.

Losing the Glory:

However, once they had been deceived by the serpent and sinned, they were no longer able to focus on spiritual reality as the Glory that once clothed them, seemed to lift. They found themselves naked. Notice that they immediately respond to their new condition by becoming afraid. They made coverings for themselves and hid from God. This is an interesting response since Adam and his wife felt no shame of being naked before they sinned (Gen 2:25).

“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” (Gen 3:7)

Why would they even consider making coverings for themselves? Weren’t they the only human beings in the Garden of Eden? Weren’t they surrounded by only animals, birds and fish?

Hearing God’s Voice:

The reason is given when Adam is answering God’s call “He answered, I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid” (Gen 3:10). Adam and Eve were afraid, because they were naked before God. I understand being ashamed, but why would they be afraid? They were afraid, because they were naked and had lost their original God given Glory. Now they found themselves controlled by a deception, a satanic lie that they needed natural covering and natural knowledge to sustain their lives. This came as a fulfillment to what God said to them earlier, “…you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Gen 2:17). The moment they were no longer in God’s Glory, they died spiritually and inner peace was replaced with fear.

Spiritual Death:

We are able to see a powerful expression of God’s Fathering love in the moments following the broken relationship. God, seemingly unaware of man’s location, calls out to man and asks him of his connection to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God says, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree I commanded you that you should not eat?” (Gen 3:11)

Spiritual Life:

Then God makes the first sacrifice, in order to clothe them properly.  ”The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (Gen 3:21). God would spill the blood of a lamb; one of His created beings, to provide a garment suitable to cover human shame. This would serve as humanity’s first revelation that spiritual life is in the Blood.

The Apostle Paul said it this way, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Rom 3:23)

Our spiritual death has its connection to sin by the loss of our covering (God’s Glory) and our relationship (God’s Honor) based on His Presence (Holy Spirit atmosphere). Yet the Apostle Paul goes on to tell us of the reality of God’s grace… God’s favorable actions toward us who trust in Christ Jesus. He  tells us that God has restored access to His Glory and Honor in the free gift of salvation. Access to all that was lost could be restored through the Blood of Jesus. 

“We have been freely justified through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:24).

The Gospel of Restored Glory:

This good news cannot be overstated, because it is not accomplished by anything man can do (Rom 3:20)(2 Cor 5:21). God proved His love by sending Jesus to die for us, in our place and for the spiritual relationship to be restored that once was established in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says that when anyone turns to God in faith, a veil is lifted from their hearts and they are enabled to behold the Glory of God in the very face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 3:16-4:6). As believers who continue to look into that Glory a transformation takes place, whereby we are being changed into the same image (God’s original intent) from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor 3:18).

Jesus Said – Be Clothed In Glory: Power from On High!

“And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city (Jerusalem) until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Lk 24:49)

Extraordinary

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” (Psalm 23:5-6)

Believe for the extraordinary… by asking for “anything”, something extraordinary; in the Name of Jesus! In order for you to do the extraordinary… you will need to think and speak about the incredible, unbelievable, and the impossible! God wants you to set your expectations as high as you can. He wants to do things in your life that are so extraordinary that some people are not going to believe it. If you will stand in faith for the extraordinary to come to pass, then the extraordinary will become the norm in your life.

Extraordinary means… remarkable, uncommon and rare.

God is good, and He is continually looking for opportunities to express His goodness in your life (2 Chr. 16:9). It is up to you to position yourself to receive this goodness. The way you do this is by eliminating any wrong thinking that you may have allowed into your life. I have 3 simple statements that inspire me to believe for more from God!

  • No Doubts! – Don’t allow yourself to doubt God’s goodness or His love for you.
  • No Outs! – Don’t question God’s desire to give… even things you don’t deserve.
  • No Limits! – Don’t limit God by expecting so little from Him.

Little Vision:

Little vision produces little… or less. If you limit God to the common methods or overly used ideas, you will lack provision. Its the sign of a poverty mentality, when you find it difficult to believe for the extraordinary! You will find that the way you think and see, positions you for God’s blessing and to receive from unusual sources. You should desire greater works, greater Glory and increase on every side. God wants to bless you in ways that are remarkable, uncommon, and rare!

If you don’t expect the extraordinary to happen, your life will remain as it is. However, if you expect God’s goodness and mercy to follow you every day of your life, you will start to see a positive change in your circumstances… believe for the Promises of God!

Dare to set your expectations high and see the extraordinary things of God!

Accessing Resource

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19)

You have much to say and yet you also have great need… but can I tell you that to become a disciple of Jesus means you will overflow with resources more than words. In our Training we teach you how to use the privileges given to you by God (as a son or daughter) to access heaven and get your needs met and the needs of your ministry met in the Glory Realm.

According to the Apostle Paul we see a bold declaration of Kingdom resources. We know its true, because of how Jesus taught us to seek first the Kingdom of God and all other things that we need, that is correct… all things would be given to us as a “Father’s Blessing” – provision… that is supernatural. There are riches in the Glory Realm of the spirit in Christ Jesus… can you access them? You are supposed to know the provision of the Father as a Kingdom Blessing (Mt. 6:33)… do you know this? This is basic to discipleship! And Jesus taught us to ask, seek and knock… (Mt. 7:7-12) to believe for the provision is a matter of basic family privilege (Jn. 1:12). We are called by Jesus to disciple the nations and to obey Him… not ask for money or rely upon the wealth of others.

All Things in Common:

When a disciple is nurtured in the spirit of generosity… all things come as community “all things in common” and in Communion with the Father! This was the blessing that the Early Church carried (Acts 2:42-46 & 4:32-37), because they made themselves aware of the Glory of God and nurtured themselves in the Apostle’s doctrines… Kingdom Truths. This is the same reality of lifestyle Jesus modeled and taught so often. Give and it will be given to you (Lk. 6:38 & 12:32) …with greater measure – multiplied blessings come when they are filtered through the heart of the Father.

Notice Where Resource is Located: You need to go after it in prayer!

  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3)

Healing – Body, Soul & Spirit

When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

When Jesus first announced His anointing (Lk 4:16-20), He was quoting from Isaiah 61. The Bible mentions multiple forms of inner healing in this passage, including “binding up the brokenhearted”- “comforting all who mourn”- providing “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” and “a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”. The entire chapter focuses upon physical, emotional and spiritual healing. The fact that Jesus quoted this passage when He began His ministry emphasizes the importance of healing as a key evidence of revival.

Wounds are Real:

On one occasion Jesus spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well (Jn 4:1-30) and His focus was not just upon the physical realities of her life, but emotional wounds. He provided her with compassionate Truth that soothed her deepest emotional dysfunction. To meet at the well in the heat of the day is an indication that the woman was an outcast. She was not welcome to draw water alongside the “respectable” women. Jesus honored this outcast by choosing her to reveal Himself as the Messiah.

Encountering Love:

God provides all kinds of healing by drawing us near to Himself. The Bible records such an encounter in I Kings 19. The prophet Elijah runs for his life because he was discouraged to the point of praying to die. First, God sent angels to meet his physical needs. Next, God responded to Elijah’s pain by drawing near and reaching out in a gentle whisper. Finally, after Elijah experienced the healing of his heart, he was ready to follow through with God’s plan. Restoration can be a process, but its always an encounter with His Presence.

Restoring Wholeness:

Remember that the meaning of revival is to live again, to bring back to life or to breathe fresh life into something that is dead. God’s pattern is to restore lives, spirit, soul and body; and although breakthrough in each area of life is unique and personal… the key ingredient is always the power of love. God really loves unconditionally, with a love that has no limits and no bounds. It reaches as far as the deepest pain and is attentive to the whispered prayer.

He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11:28)

He is at work, showing us the way to find rest for our whole being. No question, we have real difficulties in life; yet the promise in Scripture is to come be yoked with Him (Mt 11:29). He wants us to rest in His Truth about our life problems. Jesus told us in John 8:32, “you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”. God has made provision for our wholeness.

He is Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals Us! (1 Pe. 2:24)

Followers of God

“Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Eph. 5:2)

To become a follower of God – we must love! The first dimension of understanding love is to become aware that you cannot give what you do not have. God’s love is from God not from ourselves… therefore it must be received to be given (1 Cor. 13). We do this as we walk in faith and see spiritually, finding ways to embrace God’s love for ourselves. We love because He first loved us (Rom. 5:8).

God’s Love Overcomes Fear:

Fear drives our need for self-preservation, our need to prove and to promote ourselves. We are trying to preserve our own life. A true vision of God’s love will overcome our fears. The “fear of the Lord” is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. God’s love overcomes the need to be In control! The need to prove, promote, and preserve our own life is a poverty spirit that destroys our sense of safety and security in all of our relationships. Fear is a spirit (2 Tim. 1:7) that has not come from God. It aims to intimidate and terrorize so we live producing its fruit… selfishness, anger, pride and lust. We become like Lucifer; wanting to exalt ourselves to the position of god, when we allow fears to rule our lives. Wanting to be “in control” can become like a drug. We learn subtle ways of getting what we want. We slip into counterfeit spiritual authority and manipulation, which the Bible calls witchcraft. God’s love overcomes the fruit of fear, by first transforming the heart so that it has the potential to see spiritually. Seeing and embracing a revelation of the love of God will break the power of fear.

5 Truths about God’s Love:

  1. God’s love preserves life. We are kept by the very power of God, a power generated by His love.
  2. God’s love overcomes rejection, the wounds and corruption of sin.
  3. God’s love is the provision and the promise of abundant blessing.
  4. God’s love sustains life by the supply of the Holy Spirit.
  5. God’s love removes all that would separate us from Him, because fellowship is love’s objective.

God is Good and His love is fresh and embracing every time I meditate upon it. Because He is the Lord Most High; He is above only and below no one, His love causes me to sense His triumph in everything I do. He is transcendent and radiant in His Glory. He speaks and acts in order to release His good pleasure. He gives, invites, cares and celebrates our delight in His love. He carries our burdens and establishes His Promises. He has not left me as an orphan or fatherless in any way. He is My Comfort and My Stronghold in the storms that come. He infuses my path with light, strengthens my soul with His counsel, and refreshes my heart with His abiding Presence. This is the life of love and I am captured at the thought of Him… My King – Jesus!

Let Me Tell of His Love…

His love energizes, motivates action and releases the true life of God. His love sets us free. It heals, because He is healing. It binds up wounds, because He has been wounded. It renews our thinking, because His thoughts toward us are all good. Love covers our sin, because mercy is clothing us with the rich robe of Christ’s righteousness. It restores a right heart within us, because God creates in us a brand new heart. His love is pure, peaceable, powerful, more powerful than death itself. He has reached out to connect with us in words, with eyes, with touch and the fragrance of grace. His love is the energy of communion. It is completely sufficient, holy and clean. It is selfless, given by sacrifice and poured out like a waterfall. It has been shed abroad to reach the least or the greatest of humanity. It transforms us. It conforms us into the image of true Son-ship. It enables us to take on, not only the Name, but the nature of Jesus Christ.

God’s Love is Visible!

The love of God embraced, is like the ocean that overwhelms or the river that reaches to the lowest place. And when released into our world, it becomes a tangible anointing. God loves us tangibly and so it becomes our beauty when it is seen on us. Therefore, the anointing which you have received of God abides in you and it instructs (1 Jn. 2:27). It abides in us- as we abide in Him. Love enables us to behold Him and become what we have been embraced by. God has lavished His love upon us and enabled us to be called the sons of God (1 Jn. 3:1). God’s love causes us to live. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love! We are enabled to love our brothers as He has loved us (1 Jn. 3:10-14). We esteem others as greater than ourselves and forgive our enemies as God has forgiven us. These are the marks that prove His love abides in us, that we love in word and deed and that we see as the Heavenly Father sees… in giving ourselves away.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn. 3:16)

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